Complementary therapies

Complementary therapy is increasingly being used alongside conventional medicine as part of a person’s pain management plan, and many hospitals run pain clinics, which offer a wide range of treatment options.

For those who have broken a bone as a result of osteoporosis, complementary therapies may be an option to provide relief from the pain and other symptoms. There is currently no evidence that complementary therapies increase bone density or reduce the risk of broken bones.

There are some studies showing that some complementary approaches can be helpful in relieving certain types of pain and improving well-being, but often results aren’t clear.

In all situations, it is important that the therapist is aware you have osteoporosis and may be at a higher risk of breaking bones, before starting the therapy.

Click on a therapy option below to find out more. Further details of each can be found on the complementary therapies factsheet.

Download the complementary and alternative therapies and osteoporosis factsheet

  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy and aromatherapy massage
  • Herbal medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Massage therapy
  • Natural progesterone
  • Osteopathy and chiropractic
  • Reflexology